There's a blip on the remarkable record of Saul Alvarez and it has nothing to do with his sole defeat in 51 fights.
That loss was against Floyd Mayweather in 2013, which was oddly scored a draw by one judge and a comfortable win for the American by two more sensible colleagues.
No bucking of expectations, just a well-timed fight by Mayweather against a 23-year-old who, at 13 years his junior, was already a huge name but was always unlikely to have the subtleties of style needed to spring an upset. As time goes on, it is a name that looks better and better on the Mayweather CV; as the Mayweather legacy grows, the loss has done no harm to Alvarez, either.
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez faces Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight mega-fight on Saturday night
The two fighters came face-to-face for the final press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday
Alvarez's one defeat came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in 2013
What is curious, though, is the relative lack of attention given to another name on the Alvarez resume. Mayweather might be the only man to beat the brilliant Mexican, but he is not the only man to avoid defeat. That distinction is shared with Jorge Juarez, a virtually anonymous 8-26-3 journeyman from Mexico who scored a draw against the future two-weight world champion in 2006.
The setting and context could not have been much more different to the bonanza of Alvarez’s fights with Mayweather and this weekend's barnstormer against Gennady Golovkin – the Mayweather fight filled the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, drew 2.2million pay-per-view buys and a $150m revenue. It was shown by 45 broadcasters worldwide.
The Juarez fight was put on at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, a basketball arena for the large part with space cleared for the occasional fight or wrestling match. The June 17 bout was only Alvarez’s fifth professional fight, and by virtue of his prodigious talents it is notable that he was still a month shy of 16 when it took place.
Alvarez also drew against Mexican journeyman Jorge Juarez in a basketball court in 2006
Both Canelo and Golovkin have left the door open to fighting for a second time in the future
By knockout: 34
By knockout: 0
By knockout: 2
By knockout: 15
Juarez was eight years older, but still a relative novice himself, just eight fights in, with Alvarez put up as the ninth. He was at the start of the journey for the classic journeyman career – three losses had been followed by three wins and then two more losses for a 3-5 record. He wasn’t meant to be up to much.
By contrast, Alvarez, the youngest of seven boxing brothers, already had some hype, partially because his siblings had started to make the name, but largely because of his amateur career. He was the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion at 15 and by the time he had gone 42-2 unpaid, the opponents had started pulling out. It’s one reason why he went